TotallyJewish.com was lucky enough to have a few moments with HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a press event at Buckingham Palace Monday night (November 29th). Journalists were invited to mingle with senior members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth, prior to Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee next June.
“I would like to thank all your readers for all their wonderful support this year. It’s amazing to think the wedding was just seven months ago. So much has happened since then,” Catherine told the site.
A commemorative poster was made in honor of the Duchess’s April 29th wedding to Prince William, complete with a “Mazeltov” caption, which pleased Her Royal Highness. “That sounds like it was a wonderful idea. I hope all your readers put the poster up!” You are immaculate, Catherine.
Royal photographer Mark Stewart tweeted today that Prince Harry is back on English soil and attended the Henry van Straubenzee Concert tonight (December 1st), where he ran into Princess Eugenie and old flame Chelsy Davy (he gave Davy a hug and kiss on the check upon seeing her).
Van Straubenzee, who died in a car crash in 2002 just before Christmas, was a close friend of both Harry and William. A memorial fund has been set up in his honor, which both William and Harry are patrons of, and this year marks the third annual carol service, held at St. Luke’s Church in Chelsea. Afterwards, Harry chatted with Carole Middleton at the drinks reception.
In other royal news, Clarence House confirmed today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are official Team GB and and Paralympics GB 2012 ambassadors. All three will play a pivotal role in rallying Britons to support more than 900 Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Prince William released the following statement:
“Catherine, Harry and I are honoured to be Ambassadors for Team GB and Paralympics GB. London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire so many people – particularly the young – to be the best they can be. We are hugely looking forward to this incredible sporting competition, but are also looking beyond next summer’s Games to the springboard it will provide for future success and excellence. The athletes and coaches taking part in the Team GB Ambition Programme are part of that future success – potential medal winners and sources of inspiration to come. We hope they enjoy the experience of London 2012 to the full, and learn from it how to become successful British Olympians of the future.”